Many of you know that I’ve been on quite the healing journey lately. If you missed hearing about why we had to cancel our book tour, you can read about that here. I will be posting an update pretty soon, as I’ve recently gotten a lot of answers, although I’m still waiting on a few other things.
One thing I do have going on is Adrenal Fatigue, which essentially is a hormone imbalance. I started working with the wonderful Megan of Ginger Newtrition, and the first thing she did was give me a bed time! I haven’t had a bed time in…ever? Seriously. I’ve always had trouble getting to bed at night, and have been more of a night owl who likes to sleep in. I didn’t think I was doing any harm since I was still getting 8 hours of sleep in a completely dark room, but apparently every hour of sleep before midnight is 2 hours of healing for your adrenals, and I wasn’t getting that for years! Holy crap, guys. I’m sure it’s not a shock to anyone, that changing my sleep schedule has done wonders for my healing in just a short two weeks. It really has made a huge difference for me, and I’m very committed to it now!
Megan didn’t just tell me to get to sleep by 10, she also told me no more screen time after 8 pm. Well, ideally I think it should be 7, but 8 is okay too. A social media detox seemed a little intimidating, but I knew it was really important. No more late night Instagram surfing, no more evening text chats with my friends, and the WORST (but in a way the best), no more Netflix in bed with Bill. That probably was our worst habit. After a day of work and stressors, we loved to unwind with a movie or documentary, and if I’m being really real with all of you, I was always so wound up with anxiety, that I felt like I really needed to distract myself from my thoughts with a movie. I would fight falling asleep. Bad habits, guys. Bad habits. So I’m sure you can figure it out that there was a ton of visual stimulation going on for a really, really long time. No wonder my brain was a mess! Now my biggest problem has been trying to sleep in past 6 am. Who am I?! This is awesome! (and for the record, I totally agree!! -Bill)
Since we are avoiding screens at night, we’ve been finding other things to do instead. If we have the energy, it’s been food projects. There was also a night we did face masks, but I figured Bill wouldn’t want me talking about that. I guess I sort of just did… Bill really wanted bagels, so we made the bagels from Yiddish Kitchen one night.
(Click here to see that post, and where to find that amazing recipe!)
…and the other night I made snack bars! This is a really easy recipe that you can throw together in 20 minutes, and then just freeze or refrigerate. I tried dehydrating them, but that resulted in the mixture almost melting all over Bill’s candied orange peel, so I quickly got them out and froze them. I’ll try dehydrated snack bars some other time. Oops!
(Before it oozed all over the place)
I poured them into my Chicago Metallic no-bake pan with collapsible sides, but the one I have was a little big.
We love this pan for making things…like MARSHMALLOWS!
A smaller size would have worked better. Or you could just double the recipe. That’s probably the best idea. (And in case you didn’t know, doubling a recipe on our site is EASY. Just click the up arrow on the recipe by the serving size! -Bill)
I popped them in the freezer over night, and then transferred them to the fridge. One they were defrosted, but still cold and set, I sliced them, and then placed them in a container to keep in the fridge. They will soften and melt, so they are best eaten cold.
This recipe is super tasty. I know because Bill loved them, his parents loved them, and Juli loved them too. Sadly I couldn’t eat them, because sugar (yes even maple sugar) has been giving me really bad anxiety lately, but I really, really, really wanted to. These bars do use almond butter, and walnuts, but if you wanted to make them nut-free, you could easily substitute sunflower seed butter, and just omit the walnuts, or add some other seeds like pumpkin seeds to add more texture and crunch.
I hope you guys love this recipe!
These were my first attempt at making snack bars, let alone Paleo ones! Must say they were not only easy but super delicious. Not sure why I never tried to make something like this before, but I will definitely be making these again. I will be making a double batch next time though because these aren’t going to last in my house. Thank you!
Hayley, Any form of sugar has the same anxiety inducing effects to me, too. Do you have a recommendation for a tasty,satisfying snack bar without sugar?
Hayley, Any form of sugar has the same anxiety inducing effects on me, too. Do you have a recommendation for a tasty,satisfying snack bar without sugar?
What about medjool dates, though I don’t know that they are that much lower in sugar. Or possibly a mixture of stevia and xylitol mixed with some maple extract?